A new analysis by German researchers produces some interesting findings for parents to consider:
- Students who use social media intensively to communicate about school-related topics tend to have slightly better grades.
- Students who use Instagram and the likes a lot while studying or doing their homework, tend to perform slightly worse than other students.
- Students who log into social networking sites very frequently, regularly post messages and photos and spend a lot of time there have slightly lower grades.
- Students who are particularly active on social media do not spend less time studying.(1)
Some of these findings may be subject to measurement error. For example, who is keep a stopwatch on exactly how much time students spend studying? There’s also the question of whether these findings apply equally in different cultures.
However, the major take-away is that social media isn’t an evil, and can even be positive if students use it to collaborate on school work.
- Caroline Marker, Timo Gnambs, Markus Appel. Active on Facebook and Failing at School? Meta-Analytic Findings on the Relationship Between Online Social Networking Activities and Academic Achievement. Educational Psychology Review, 2017; DOI: 10.1007/s10648-017-9430-6